Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Tools
PA DEP's GIS open data portal provides access to all of our publicly published, non-sensitive GIS data, which includes over 300 data layers relative to abandoned mine lands, air quality, water pollution control, coal mining, hazardous waste, operations, oil & gas, streams and lakes, industrial minerals mining, integrated report, municipal waste, radiation, storage tanks, stormwater, Chapter 93, TMDLs, water resources, and more! Select a category by clicking on the data topics to the left or right, or use the search tool above to discover our data. You can connect directly to the data, download it, embed it in your own applications or share it!
This interactive web mapping application shows the location of impaired and attaining streams in Pennsylvania, which corresponds to the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. In addition, it will allow the user to see the impairment sources and causes, the category, the date listed, TMDL information, the stream names, and much more! It also allows you to print or export the information into a pdf. The user can search data based on stream name and assessment ID. The user also has the ability to use map functionality to locate a specific address, county, latitude and longitude, municipality or zip code.
This interactive website shows the location of both conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells, including producing and non-producing wells, based on information from operator submitted reports. The user can request this data set to display information based on the permit number, combinations of operator that submitted the report, the county in which the well is located or the municipality (also known as Minor Civil Division or MCD) in which the well is located. The user also has the ability to use map functionality to locate a specific address, county, latitude and longitude, municipality or zip code. Please note that only wells which have locational information and are located within the boundaries of Pennsylvania will be available. For best results, Internet Explorer should be used when viewing the Oil and Gas Mapping website. Watch the DEP Oil and Gas Well Mapping Application Tutorial here.
The Pennsylvania Activity and Use Limitation (PA AUL) Registry website provides the public with information on properties within Pennsylvania that have some form of use restriction or ongoing obligation associated with a remediation. The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (UECA) requires DEP to maintain a registry of properties with environmental covenants. The PA AUL Registry meets this requirement by including properties with environmental covenants, deed restrictions, post remediation care plans or any other AUL document. Searches for properties with AULs can be performed using the map on the website or by searches on address, zip code, county or other criteria. Once a property of interest has been located it is possible to view any AUL documents that have been associated with that property. For best results, Internet Explorer should be used when viewing the PA-AUL website.
WAVE is the GIS based website for information relating to water and water-related resources within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For best results, Internet Explorer should be used when viewing the WAVE website.
eMapPA is a GIS based website and mapping tool that focusses on the display of environmentally relevant data to Commonwealth Agencies, contractors and the public. In addition to DEP-permitted facilities, there are over 50 map layers relating to administrative and political boundaries, culture and demographics, geology, mining, streams and water resources, and transportation networks. Tools for navigating, querying, identifying, extracting, buffering, and address matching are available for GIS analysis. All of the tools and their uses are fully explained in the Help option on the menu bar.
For security reasons, information regarding Dams, Explosive Storage Locations, Public Water Supplies, and certain Water Pollution Control, Water Resource, and Radiation Facilities are not displayed on eMapPA. Permit information, inspections, and other data related to these facilities can be obtained by contacting the appropriate DEP Office.
Oil and Gas development in Pennsylvania has been ongoing for over 150 years. Regulatory standards for the industry have evolved significantly during this time period as a function of both advances in technology and a more intense focus on environmental protection. Materials and techniques historically used for well plugging are inadequate by today’s standards. Additionally, because oil and gas development had been taking place for nearly a century prior to permitting requirements enacted in 1955, it is estimated that somewhere between 100,000 and 560,000 wells are yet to be accounted for. This story map overlays a historical oil and gas legacy development map (1930-1960s) over Allegheny County along with the Department of Environmental Protection known well inventory.
Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) is the official public access geospatial information clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has served for fifteen years as Pennsylvania's node on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, Geospatial One-Stop, and the National Biological Information Infrastructure. PASDA was developed by the Pennsylvania State University as a service to the citizens, governments, and businesses of the Commonwealth. PASDA is a cooperative project of the Governor's Office of Administration, Office for Information Technology, and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment of the Pennsylvania State University. Funding and support is provided by the Pennsylvania Office for Information Technology. In addition, PASDA also receives substantial support from the Pennsylvania State University. Most of PADEP's public GIS data sets are available for use from PASDA.
The Geospatial Technologies Office develops the Geospatial Enterprise Architecture for Pennsylvania, enhances the Commonwealth's geospatial preparedness, coordinates Executive agency and enterprise geospatial initiatives, and facilitates geospatial interoperability and data sharing across all levels of government in support of defined Pennsylvania priorities and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Municipalities and other entities such as universities and prisons that meet certain standards must obtain NPDES permit coverage for discharges of stormwater from their municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). This new web mapping application allows the user to search for the municipality and see the urban area report, as well as the impaired streams.
The Pennsylvania Water Quality Network (WQN) is a statewide, fixed station water quality sampling system operated by Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Bureau of Clean Water (BCW). It is designed to assess both the quality of Pennsylvania's surface waters and the effectiveness of the water quality management program. This new web mapping application allows the user to search for WQN information by stream, by station ID and location, and it shows the location and information about reference stations, stormwater sediment stations, standard stations and macroinvertebrate stations.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Browse related links for the Department of Environmental Protection's partners in the Geographic Information System community. For specific GIS questions, contact the Geospatial Data Center
Related GIS Links
Below are links to other valuable GIS Information.
- Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium PAMAGIC is an organization that is devoted to the furtherance of GIS in Pennsylvania. Their site contains information on meetings, events and issues that focus on geographic information systems.
- Federal Geographic Data Center "The Federal Geographic Data Committee coordinates the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data. The 16 federal agencies that make up the FGDC are developing the NSDI in cooperation with organizations from state, local and tribal governments, the academic community, and the private sector."
- United States Geological Survey (USGS) "The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to: describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life." They are also a great source for maps and information.